You know the guy who ignores parking tickets, IRS warning letters and water turn-off notices. He loses his house to tax liens, he may even go to jail and his wife divorces him because he lives a flaky life. He never seems to learn that if you don’t take care of business yourself, someone else will do it for you in a way you won’t like. The United States is that flaky guy on immigration. We now suffer the fate of all procrastinators and deniers. Despite late notices and warning tickets, we refused to face the music. We dawdled, avoiding the political pain. Shame on our leaders for failing us. Shame on us for making it politically too hard for them to take action along the way. With the Great Recession, unemployed Americans felt like jobs were being taken away by illegal residents. That resentment boiled up as part of the rise of the Tea Party. Then our leading populist rode that anger to election and has been wreaking havoc ever since. Because of the political stalemate on … [Read more...] about Greg Bell: The United States is flaky on immigration
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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen accused members of the press and Congress of being “blinded by politics” regarding the border situation, during a Tuesday interview with Tucker Carlson. WATCH:“Why is it that the press, many in Congress, don’t seem to recognize the magnitude of this? Do you think it’s that they don’t know the details or they don’t care? Do you want to speculate as to why no one has responded?” Carlson asked. (RELATED: Trump Administration To Quadruple Number Of Asylum Seekers Sent Back Over The Border) “Look, at this point, I will be blunt. I think they are blinded by politics,” Nielsen stated. “Unfortunately, they are blinded for what they see as a request from this administration instead of looking at the request and the way in which it is directly affecting Americans. I mean, you mentioned fentanyl. Last year alone, CBP and ICE interdicted more fentanyl to kill every American four … [Read more...] about Nielsen: Dems, Media Are ‘Blinded By Politics’ In Border Security Fight
Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh fear the United States lacks the leadership to navigate troubling times ahead at home and abroad. The two were among 44 former U.S. senators who wrote an open letter published in The Washington Post that urges lawmakers to find the strength to put aside partisan politics for the good of the country. The letter warned senators "that we are entering a dangerous period" for American democracy as Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation winds down during a time of global conflict. "Historically, in challenging times, (such leadership) has been in the Senate," Bayh told IndyStar, "but it’s taken individuals who can rise above party and rise above narrow interests and do the right thing for the well being of our country. It takes courage and selflessness, and I think there are people there who are capable of that. Let's hope they rise to the occasion." How the sausage is made: … [Read more...] about Lugar, Bayh fear the United States lacks leadership in troubling times
Story highlights The Senate's immigration bill calls for doubling the size of the border patrol The House is debating a strong security component to its bill, too Those who live on the border have a nuanced view of security Many want work permits for undocumented immigrants Joe Metz, a straight-talking Texas rancher on the U.S.-Mexico border, awoke recently to find 50 cows roaming freely in his front yard. Undocumented immigrants, he says, left a gate open as they crossed his land, which abuts the Rio Grande. For years, he's witnessed migrants and drug smugglers touch American soil for the first time on his property. "We deal with this every day," he said. But as a rancher in Hidalgo County, he also knows firsthand the need for labor to keep producers in the Rio Grande Valley operating. The traffic through his land frustrates him -- particularly the potentially dangerous drug traffic -- but he acknowledges that most crossers are looking for opportunity. It is an open secret … [Read more...] about For those living on border, security is complicated subject
Strolling the aisles at a Kohl’s department store near his home in Rochester, N.Y., Azizullah Sharifi spoke Pashto with his daughter Marwah as they picked through shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops for the summer. The father and daughter stopped to check their shopping cart, when a woman next to them muttered, “Speak [expletive] English” in a low growl. Once Sharifi realized she was talking to him, he quickly pushed his cart away without responding. But he wasn’t fast enough. Though she was only 7, Marwah recognized that the woman had “said something really bad.” “Just ignore her,” Sharifi told her. It was a drastic shift from the way he was treated in his home country of Afghanistan, where American service members, with whom he had worked closely, treated him with respect. Much of his experience in the United States has been positive, but sometimes, “you feel Islamophobia, the racism — not all people, but you can feel it,” … [Read more...] about In the United States, His Problem Wasn’t the Taliban. It Was Everything Else.